NBA Draft Rumors: Lakers choosing Dragan Bender over Brandon Ingram if 76ers pick Ben Simmons

Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the NBA draft prospect Dragan Bender who is reportedly targeted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the upcoming 2016 NBA draft.

The Croatian 7-footer Dragan Bender can be a big revelation in the 2016 NBA draft. According to a previous report, the New York Knicks’ past decision to pick Kristaps Porzingis can affect several NBA team’s picks in the July 23rd event. Way back in last year’s NBA draft, when Porzingis was drafted by the Knicks, the crowds were booing all over the place. They were thinking that Porzingis do not deserve the fourth overall pick. Something that the 7-foot-3 center did not take personally and proved them wrong in the recent season.

Same things may happen in the upcoming NBA draft. The Lakers, who are second overall, may take risks in picking Dragan Bender. Though various NBA mock drafts say that Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram will be on the 1st and 2nd spot, it does not mean that this will exactly happen during the NBA draft. The fans have the right to choose their preferred player but the team owners and coaches undergo an intensive study and deliberation in choosing the right player for their team.

According to Lakers Nation, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was in Israel this past March to scout Dragan Bender. Kupchak stated that the Lakers are in need of a big man and added that they already have a steady line up in the backcourt.

“If you look at our depth chart, you can make an argument that we need a player in the frontcourt,” Kupchak said via “We need a big. Jordan is a free agent and we’d like to sign him. D’Angelo, we’re very high on, and we have Lou Williams. I think we’re more set in the backcourt than the frontcourt. Two days after the Lottery, that’s where we are. In six weeks, we’ll see.”

If the Philadelphia 76ers pass on Ben Simmons, there is a greater possibility that the Lakers will grab him. However, if it is between Brandon Ingram and Dragan Bender, the Lakers will be facing a tough decision since this will be a huge factor in their team’s future in the league.

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